By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County firefighters are continuing to battle the El Dorado Fire, focusing on creating defensible zones between structures and the current fire perimeter, while continuing to extinguish hot spots along the fire’s edges. Strenuous efforts of crews on the ground, dozers and aircraft have enabled them to construct fire lines around the blaze in preparation for the arrival of a Santa Ana wind event expected to begin today and last through Thursday.
Firefighters were able to put a fire line around the Mountain Home Village community to protect homes as the fire moves downslope. A burnout operation was also conducted on the eastern fire perimeter, between Oak Glen Road and the Apple Fire burn scar, in an effort to clear vegetation and prevent the fire from escaping and moving towards homes and other structures.
“Our people are working tirelessly to protect lives and property,” said County Fire Chief Dan Munsey, who noted that the fire has so far not taken any lives or caused serious injury to County residents. “The fire is still raging, and the Santa Ana winds are a major concern, but we have made impressive progress.”
Approximately 650 people are dedicated to this effort, including representatives from the County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Yucaipa, CAL FIRE, the California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino National Forest. In addition, the City of Riverside has contributed five fire engines to the fight.
“The combination of record heat, extremely dry conditions and rugged terrain have contributed to making this a challenging fire — and we’re only at the beginning of our traditional fire season,” Munsey said. “We are asking people to heed evacuation orders and stay out of the fire area. And do not forget that any type of spark, from matches and cigarettes to fireworks, can ignite a fire, so you need to be extremely cautious when dealing with such hazards.”
The El Dorado Fire ignited at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 5 at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, Calif. It has burned approximately 10,574 acres and is currently 16% contained.